Sasha Pilkington – 27August 2020 – Postponed until International Travel is re-opened!

One-Day Workshop in South Africa

Sasha Pilkington – Auckland, New Zealand

Therapeutic conversations with people who are suffering at the end of life

Sasha McAllum Pilkington works as a counsellor at Harbour Hospice in Auckland, New Zealand. She has practiced as a narrative therapist for many years in a variety of contexts.

In 2008 she began working with families who were receiving care from hospice. Her practice focuses on supporting the people she meets, to approach death in ways that matter to them.

Sasha has presented workshops on Narrative Therapy in palliative care in New Zealand, Canada, USA and Norway. She has also written and contributed to a number of papers that focus on illustrating and discussing narrative therapy with people who are approaching the end of their lives (see Pilkington, 2014; 2016; 2017, 2018a – find links to publications below). She has a passion for collaborative therapeutic documents (Pilkington, 2018b) and enjoys working alongside the people she meets with to write stories.


The workhop theme: Therapeutic conversations with people who are suffering at the end of life

“Suffering at the end of life can be transformed when a person feels connected to others and views their life as meaningful”

 As a counsellor working for hospice, Sasha Pilkington meets with people who are suffering as they live with serious illness and the knowledge of their approaching death.  In this day long workshop, she would like to share some cherished narrative practices that can be helpful to alleviate suffering. In particular there will be a focus on ways of supporting people to feel connected, find meaning in their life and enhance their sense of being influential.

 During the day there will be opportunities to:

  • Explore how we might create space for stories of suffering so that a person can give voice to what may have been previously unspeakable in ways that are helpful to them.
  • Explore how we might respond therapeutically when people feel overwhelmed by the suffering they are experiencing.
  • Examine practice stories, transcript and hear a recording that show nuances of narrative practice that can be significant in generating a sense of connection, meaning and agency.

We are looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas that provides participants with the opportunity to extend their thinking and skills. Participants may identify applications to other contexts of work.


Publications by Sasha Pilkington 

Pilkington, S. (2014). Traveling on the journey to death: A story illustrating narrative practice for counselors. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 4, 79-93. – Download PDF

 Pilkington, S. (2016). Insurance policies for miracle cures: A story illustrating narrative counseling practice with someone approaching death. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 2, 71-87. – Download PDF

Pilkington, S. (2017). Deconstructing denial: Stories of Narrative Therapy with people who are dying and their families, Journal of Narrative Family Therapy, 1, 54-75. – Download PDF – 

Pilkington, S. (2018a). A story illustrating Narrative Therapy in a cross-cultural conversation with someone approaching death. – Download PDF -

Pilkington, S. (2018b). Narrative therapeutic letters: Gathering, recording and performing lost stories. Journal of Narrative Family Therapy, Special release, 20-48. – Download PDF  –

Workshop Details:

Date: Thursday 27 August 2020

Venue: Helderberg DR Church, Firmount Road, Somerset West

Time: 09h00 till 16h30

Fees: R1000 (Teas and light lunch included)

Bank details:  E. Morkel; Absa – Somerset West; Account: 2900 560 713; Branch code: 334 712

Applied for CEU’s with HPCSA and SACSSP